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Re: Liveaboard census data
In 2000, we were living aboard and stopped in the Ft. Pierce City Marina for awhile. The census bureau came to the marina, asked about live-aboards and were directed to us and all of the others in the marina who were living aboard. The census taker came to our boat and took our information.
In 2010, we were never counted. We happened to be in Beaufort, SC and had access to a car. We saw a census bureau and thought we should do our civic duty, so went in and tried to give him our information. When we got to our address, we gave him our mail forwarder - the address was in a different state, of course. He told us we should be counted in that state, and we explained that it was a mail forwarder.
He said, according to law, he needed a dirt address.
We told him we lived on a boat.
He asked, "Where's the boat?"
We told him it was at anchor.
He asked where we lived when we were ashore.
We told him we had no home ashore.
He said, "Well, give us an address of a relative or something."
"Wouldn't that be lying to the government?" we asked.
"Technically, yes." he answered.
Well, we wouldn't do that. So he tore up the form and threw it in a waste basket, saying, that because of Homeland Security rules, he couldn't count us because we didn't have a dirt address.
We asked him how not counting us could possibly help us have a more secure homeland.
He said he didn't make the rules, just followed them.
I wonder how many homeless people aren't counted. I wonder home many homeless veterans aren't counted. I wonder how our government, especially Homeland Security can come up with so many asinine rules.
Because of the Homeland Security Rules, we couldn't even open a bank account because we didn't have a dirt address. So we gave an address of a local marina - lied - so we could open a bank account.
You can bet your booties, though, that the IRS won't ignore us because we don't have a dirt address.
Sorry for the rant.
Saltwater Suzi and Cap'n Larry
"A sailboat is a fickle mistress. You’ve got to buy her things. You’ve got to understand everything about her. What you don’t know she’ll use against you." -Captain Larry
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Last edited by LarryandSusanMacDonald; 09-21-2012 at 10:06 AM.